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Henley Bank High School

Henley Bank High School

Our Leadership Team

See below for information about our Senior Leadership and Middle Leadership Teams.

Senior Leadership

Mr Derry (Headteacher)

Mr Derry


"I am Headteacher here at Henley Bank High School and love my job. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all students have the best chance to succeed in life, regardless of what they choose to go on to do. My degree is in Religion, Philosophy & Theology."


Miss Bradbury (Deputy Headteacher)

Miss Bradbury

Deputy Headteacher

"I am the deputy head in charge of teaching and learning. This means that I work with all teachers across the school to support us all continuously improving. I work closely with Teach First and the University of Gloucestershire to support trainee teachers as well as the teaching and learning leads across Greenshaw to ensure all teachers at Henley Bank are well supported allowing our students to have the best possible learning experience. 

My favourite part of my job is teaching and I love teaching both geography and history having studied geography at the University of Sheffield."

Mr Dakin (Assistant Headteacher)

Mr Dakin

Assistant Headteacher

"I am the Assistant headteacher in charge of raising standards, curriculum and assessment. This means that I work closely with the year 11 students to ensure that they get the best possible examination outcomes. I also ensure that all year groups have broad, balanced and rich curriculum that provides our students with life changing powerful knowledge.

I am a passionate science and maths teacher and studied chemistry at the University of Bristol for my undergraduate degree."

Mr Foran (Assistant Headteacher)  

Mr Foran 

Assistant Headteacher

"My role: Behaviour: to ensure that all lessons are disruption free, allowing teachers to teach and students to learn. Ensuring that all teachers are aware of students behavioural needs and how to cater for them if they have any. 

Safeguarding: The care of our students is a passion of mine and my safeguarding role is to ensure all students at Henley Bank are safe. This involves meeting with parents and carers and liaising closely with social care."

Mrs Benfield (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs Benfield

Assistant Headteacher 

"I am the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Character Education and Transition. This means that I work closely with our feeder Primary Schools and Head of Year 7 to make sure that our Year 6 students feel ready for Secondary School. I also lead in Careers to help our KS4 students transition through to great Sixth Forms and Colleges. As part of Character Education, I oversee our Legacy Programme which emcompasses the Extra Curricular Clubs, the College System and our new Colours System.

I am a passionate Drama teacher, with a Masters in Theatre and Performance Practice from the University of Plymouth."

Middle Leaders

Miss Acland (Head of English)

Miss Acland 

Head of English

"After studying for my BA (Hons) in English Literature at the University of Central England in Birmingham, I completed my Masters Degree in English Literature through the Open University. It was then that I decided that I wanted to be a teacher and inspire young minds. I completed my PGCE with the University of Gloucestershire and it is safe to say that this is the most rewarding job I have ever had and I've never looked back."

Mr Partridge (Head of Maths)

Mr Partridge

Head of Maths

"Studied at Manchester Metropolitan University BSc(Hons) in English & Mathematics

PGCE at Bath Spa University

MA at Manchester Metropolitan University

Tasked with helping every pupil love Maths and be successful with it. Also overseeing our exciting new journey of implementing computing into our curriculum."

Mrs McNeil (Head of Science)

Mrs McNeill

Head of Science

"My role is to oversee the day to day running of the science department.  This involves working with my team to plan and teach a first class science curriculum.  We constantly strive to improve and update our curriculum as new scientific developments emerge.  A large part of my role also involves resourcing our SuperLab and ensuring students have all they need to safely develop their scientific practical skills."

Mr Brookland (Head of Humanities)

Mr Brookland

Head of Humanities

"I oversee the subjects Geography, History, Ancient History and Religious Studies. This involves developing the curricula for each of the subjects and developing the staff members in my department to continually improve their pedagogical and subject knowledge to enhance the teaching and learning of and for our students. I, myself, am a Geography specialist. I studied at the University of Brighton and gained a BSc Geography degree. I then continued studying at the University of Brighton, although at the Falmer Campus to achieve a PGCE in Secondary Geography."

Mrs Cuke (Head of PE)

Mrs Cuke 

Head of PE

"I have been Head of PE here now for 14 years, and was attracted to Gloucester and Henley Bank High School by the vast scenery you can see whilst teaching outside.I attended the University of Winchester to complete a degree in Sports Studies before heading to the University of Chichester to study my PGCE."


Mrs Lane (Head of CAsT)

Mrs Lane

Head of CAsT

"CAsT is Henley Bank High School's Creative Arts and Technology department which includes Art, Design Technology, Performing Arts, Food Science, Hospitality and Catering, Music and Computer Science. I oversee the running of CAsT subjects from year 7 to year 11 and specialise myself in Art. I am Fine Art trained, but have had the exciting opportunity of teaching Textiles, Photography, Graphics and Ceramics during my teaching career. We have a fantastic CAsT team, bursting with experience, creativity, ambition and determination."

Miss Bick (Head of Business and Health & Social Care)

Miss Bick

Head of Business and Health & Social Care

"I have been head of department for four years at Henley Bank High School and overseen a change in course and sharp rise in student outcomes. I successfully completed a Business degree at Coventry and then went on to work for 15 years as a senior general manager in the hospitality industry. Leaving the private sector to become a teacher and then on to head of department at Henley Bank High School is the best decision I made as inspiring young entrepreneurs and Health professionals is amazing."

Dr Glover (Lead Practitioner)

Dr Glover

Lead Practitioner

As lead practitioner I am responsible for delivering the curriculum in both science and design and technology.  My capacity to teach both curriculum stems from an early career as a jeweller, repairing jewellery for three shops as well as making bespoke items for customers.   Later I studied at the University of Wales, Cardiff achieving a BSc Hons in Biochemistry with Chemistry and after a spell in industry I returned to the University of Wales, Cardiff to complete a PhD in Synthetic Organic chemistry."

Miss Bowers (Head of Modern Foreign Languages & Lead Practitioner) 

Miss Bowers

 Head of Modern Foreign Languages & Lead Practitioner

As Lead Practitioner in raising standards I work closely with the year 10 and 11 students to ensure that they get the best possible examination outcomes. As Head of Modern Foreign Languages my role is to oversee the day to day running of the department in which we teach both French and Spanish, and to develop pedagogical knowledge within my team. We are passionate about engaging with current research on second language acquisition to give our students the very best chance of success in their language learning journey. I studied at the University of Manchester, including a year abroad in Nantes, France, where I gained a BA in French Studies, before continuing my studies at Bristol UWE to gain a PGCE in Secondary MFL teaching."

Miss Leefe (Lead Practitioner)

"In my Lead Practitioner role, I work closely with teachers at the start of their career (trainees and early career teachers). I strongly believe in investing in teacher development so that students get the best education and achieve their full potential. 

I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. I then continued my studies at the University of Bristol, where I completed my PGCE and Masters in Educational Leadership. Now I have the privilege of teaching Science every day."


Heads of Year 

Mr Phelps (Head of Year 7) 

Mr Phelps

Head of Year 7 

"My role is to support every student joining in Year 7 to achieve everything they can whilst they are with us at Henley Bank High School.  In addition to my Head of Year role, I also teach Computer Science and Maths having studied Business Information Systems at the University of the West of England and, after a successful career in the IT industry, completed a teaching degree with the University of Wales." 

Miss Lothian (Head of Year 8) 

Miss Lothian 

Head of Year 8

"My role as Head of Year 8 is to work with and support all of our year 8 students for all aspects of their school life here at Henley Bank High School. I am also a History teacher, with a passion for Ancient and Medieval History and a desire to continue learning about global history. I completed an MA in Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations at the University of Edinburgh before undertaking my PGCE in Secondary History at Bristol University."

Miss Bythell (Head of Year 9) 

Miss Bythell

Head of Year 9 

"My role as Head of Year 9 is to support the students and their families in this year group both  academically and pastorally. As well as my Head of Year role I am also the PSHE Lead for the school which allows me to support our pupils to become engaged members of society, as well as being a Teacher of History. I studied History at the University of Worcester and then went on to complete my Masters in Education focusing specifically on inclusive practice."

Mr Powell (Head of Year 10 & 11)

 Mr Powell

Head of Year 10 & 11

"I am the Head of Year 10 & 11. This means that I work closely with the year 10 & 11 students and their families, providing support both academically and pastorally. I am also a very passionate PE teacher and have a real love for Sport, particularly Rugby and Golf. I will be working closely with the PGCE group from the University of Gloucestershire, acting as a professional mentor."

"I studied Sport Science at Cardiff University whilst playing for the Cardiff Blues Rugby team, and then trained as a teacher at the University of Worcester before moving to Gloucestershire to teach PE."